Press Release

Hirokazu Kosaka, JACCC Master Artist in Residence, Selected as a California Arts Council’s Legacy Artist Fellow


Sep 8, 2023

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) is proud to announce that Hirokazu Kosaka, Master Artist in Residence, has been selected by the California Arts Council (CAC) as a Legacy Artist Fellow. Kosaka is part of a cohort of 90 outstanding Los Angeles County artists being recognized for their unique artistic vision, ongoing commitment to creative practice, and engagement with and impact on the larger cultural ecosystem.

The award was administered by Los Angeles Performance Practice, which engaged a panel of 51
industry peers who determined that Kosaka has created a significant body of work, produced
over a substantial period of time, that has engaged their communities and has made
a significant social impact. For his achievements, Kosaka will receive a $50,000 stipend.

“Hirokazu’s four decades of visual art and performances–as well as his tireless advocacy for
Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture–have inspired so many Californians,” said
Patricia Wyatt, JACCC President & CEO. “This is so well-deserved and comes on the heels of
Hirokazu receiving JACCC’s 2023 President’s Award and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts’ Spring 2023 Curatorial Research Fellowship.”

To further contextualize the evolution of Kosaka’s artmaking, JACCC is currently working with
Guest curator Julie Lazar to develop a transdisciplinary exhibition, Hirokazu Kosaka: Art and
Asymmetry for Fall 2025.

To view the full list of the CAC’s Los Angeles County fellows, visit this link. Information about additional CAC Individual Artist Fellowship Program Regions outside of Los Angeles County is available at this link.

The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and
creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts
infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The
California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to
and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Consuelo Montoya, Chair; Vicki Estrada, Vice
Chair; Gerald Clarke; Caleb Duarte; Ellen Gavin; Leah Goodwin; Alex Israel; Phil Mercado;
Roxanne Messina Captor; Nicola Miner; and Olivia Raynor.

Los Angeles Performance Practice is a non-profit organization devoted to the production and
presentation of contemporary performances by artists whose work advances and challenges
multidisciplinary artistic practices. Our mission is to support a unique and diverse constellation
of artists and audiences through the active creation and presentation of groundbreaking
experiences that use innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social
engagement. Anchored in Los Angeles, our artists and projects have national and global reach.
Across a range of platforms and partnerships, we build an active network of contemporary
practitioners—curators and producers, artists and designers, audiences and patrons—all
leveraged in service to the ideas and issues of our time.

Founded in 1972, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center weaves Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture into the fabric of our communities. JACCC remains firmly rooted in Little Tokyo, providing a vital place to build connections between people and cultures, locally and internationally. Through inclusive programs and authentic experiences, we continue our living traditions and nurture the next generation of innovative artists, culture-bearers, and thinkers.


Julie Zhu, Mellon Community Curatorial Fellow

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